New Zealand is a small island nation with just 4.5 Million natives located in the Pacific Ocean. The country is famous around the world for its Kiwi fruit and bird, their rugby team, the Maori culture and the picturesque landscape. What many people don’t know is the fact that New Zealand is home to many magnificent mountains.
Did you know: New Zealand is the place where iconic movies like The Lord of the rings, Avatar, The Hobbit Trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, The adventures of Tin Tin and many others which showed these mountains
Best Time To Visit New Zealand
The best season to visit is of the fall season (March-May) when New Zealand is the best in being gorgeous. In this season, summer tourists have left, rates are not sky high, and the weather is pleasant.
In this edition, we have compiled a list of these breath-taking New Zealand Mountains for you to give the perfect bird’s eye view of these mountains. Do not miss out on this wonders of nature on your next trip to New Zealand.
Top 8 Mountains in New Zealand
- Mount Taranaki
- Mount Aoraki
- Mount Aspiring
- Mitre Peak
- Tongariro National Park
- Mount Maunganui
- Mount Whakaari
- The Remarkables
1. Mount Taranaki
It just so happened to be the case that every visitor iterated that this peak is just impossible to miss if you’re in New Zealand. Also known as Mount Egmont, it is an active stratovolcano present in the country. The height of this mountain is 2518 meters, and it forms the most symmetrical cone ever possible. It has certain elements of resemblance with Mount Fiji, which is the reason behind the movie The Last Samurai being shot here.
One of the hidden gems or rather a secret of this place is the Pouakai Crossing. Here the walkers are taken into the Egmont National Park, and then they circumnavigate the mountain by themselves. This is what makes it the No.1 New Zealand Mountain and one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.
Did you know: It was ranked the second-best region in the world in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 publication, Mt Taranaki is the jewel in Taranaki’s skyline.
2. Mount Aoraki
Mount Aoraki or Mountain Cook is the highest peak of the New Zealand standing at 3724 metres (12,218 feet). It is thus the highest point of Southern Alps and also the most stunning mountain, treat to watch and embrace it. But, that goes with a caveat, it is also the most dangerous peaks to climb on the Kiwi’s land. But, many brave heart mountaineers and adventurers have taken this ostensibly impossible task in the past. They did achieve the goal by reaching the beautiful white snow-covered peak.
If you are somewhat risk-averse, then you can enjoy the view of the peak from the Mountain Cook National Park itself. This mountain has three summits; you can climb to reach the first summit if you want to experience an adrenaline rush. Undoubtedly, one among the Top 5 Mountains of New Zealand, thus #2 in our list.
Tip: The best way to reach the peak is via Air Safari which flies from nearby Tekapo, Glentanner, and Franz Josef.
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3. Mount Aspiring
It is New Zealand’s highest mountain outside the Mount Cook region at an altitude of 3033 metres (9951 feet). It looks like a pyramid when viewed from the Matukituki River, the western part of this valley is preferred by mountaineers for climbing to the top. There are several staging points on the journey for these climbers to catch their breath before starting again. You do need some expertise to get the best out of this mountain. Else, you always has the option of catching the spectacular glimpse of its peak from the national park.
From Wanaka, you can access this Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is a small lakeside resort town. It is a one hour drive from Queenstown on the South Island. In a nutshell, Mount Aspiring will surely inspire you to aim for zenith in your life, don’t miss out on this wonder.
Did you know: Mount Aspiring is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site.
4. Mitre Peak
One of the genuine piece of beauty that you can come across in the South Island region in the Kiwi land. It is located on the shores of Milford Sound which is a part of Fiordland National Park. This peak is captured by almost every visitor owing to its somewhat unique and distinctive shape when compared to its counterparts in the country.
The mountain per se is very difficult to climb, but you can get the most stunning views of it in your eye lens by visiting the Milford Sound. On the top of that Mitre Peak’s eye, appealing stature adds to the already amazing landscape. Rudyard Kipling is equally panegyric about this beauty of nature, and thus everything makes it a must-visit height of New Zealand.
Tip: There are several boat cruises for tourists to reach Milford Sound that also includes overnight adventures with an awesome view of the peak.
5. Tongariro National Park
This is a National Park which is home to three mighty mountains, namely Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro. This park is the site where the legendary movie Lord of the Rings trilogy was shot in Mount Doom and Mordor.
Mount Ngauruhoe is one of the most active volcanoes of the world, this mountain is made of layers of tetra and lava. It is known in the local lexicon by the term secondary cone of Mount Tongariro.
Mount Ruapehu is another stratovolcano towards the fag end of the Taupo volcanic zone, this is the largest active volcano present in New Zealand. Ruapehu has three major peaks which look even more gorgeous when covered with snow. A deep active crater is also present in this beautiful mountain.
Did you know: Tongariro National Park is a UNESCO Natural and Cultural World Heritage Site.
6. Mount Maunganui
More than an appealing mountain, it is a suburb present in the North-Eastern region of Tauranga. So, it gives you a unique opportunity to enjoy all the possible modern amenities here. Maunganui is a lava dome which happens to be an extinct volcano. It is one of the best mountains when it comes to scenic beauty and surroundings owing to its proximity to the ocean. And, you know what’s the best part about this mountain, you can easily climb it unlike other peaks in New Zealand.
Tourists take many pictures and take a stroll along with it since the elevation is just 231 metres. In the local Maori parlance, they call it Mauao which means “caught by the morning sun.”Apart from the mountain, you can also experience the nearby beach and reside in one of the resorts.
7. Mount Whakaari
Also known as White Island, Mountain Whakaari is formed by the continuous volcanic disruptions. Whakaari is the only evident and visible part of a submarine mountain. The height of this mountain is somewhat on the similar lines of Mount Maunganui, it is 323 metres. Whakaari is the most active cone volcano present in the country which makes it unique in that sense and a must-visit place. You can reach here via a boat journey and it is the most spectacular sight in the vision you can ever have.
All these scenic charms compel you to come here and see how much more beautiful this place is. No blog on earth can justify its actual beauty. All these attractions are enough to pay a visit to one of the most beautiful New Zealand Mountains.
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Tip: Guided tours are available on the island to show tourists around. You should negotiate and hire one for the best experience.
8. The Remarkables
If you are an adventure lover and love to do skiing, then this is an ideal destination for you. This mountain range is famous for skiing and visitors do try their hands on it here. You can spot some lakes while skiing, one such is Lake Alta. Remarkables is situated in Otago of the South Island. The zenith or the highest point of this mountain is the Double Cone Peak, which is at an altitude of 2319 metres.
The best season to visit here is in the winters when you get to see the ski fields of Remarkables. These ski fields are at 1945 metres, do visit these mountains to catch a glimpse of these ski fields. You will fall for it that we can assure you. Thus, Remarkables is the one must stop while you are hopping between New Zealand Mountains.
So, these were some of our best picks in the best of the New Zealand Mountains. There are many other such breath-taking views in New Zealand’s mountains. But, we have deliberately kept it concise to the selected few which are going to be the best experiences for you. We hope you got some insights and a near-perfect bird’s eye view of the mountains of the Land of Long White Cloud, a sobriquet for New Zealand.
One word of advice/caution from us, if you’re planning to climb any of these mountains, the weather can change here drastically and it does. But make sure to tick off these mountainous retreats on your next holiday to New Zealand.
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Do let us know in the comments section below about your trekking experience on these mountains, how perilous or amazing it was? We would love to hear it from you.